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Encores and Curtain Calls

Encores & Curtain Calls: Howard Brofsky tribute concert April 19

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit expresses through them all. — Corinthians 12:14 In the end, it really doesn’t seem to matter very much at all whether one’s instrument in life is a paintbrush, a trumpet, a word processor, a voice or, even, a scalpel; if wielded with love — which is to say, with deep care and intent to uplift — all can become vehicles of the sacred. Such was the case for jazz icon Howard Brofsky. Here is the first and most enduring memory author Robin Westen has of the then-56-year-old trumpet player, whom she would come to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: We all rise, we all fall

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

“Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice” — Ayn Rand A trio of beguilingly crafted puppets, choreographed to an archive of eclectic songs and a new underscore, will enact nothing less than the three temptations of … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bringing the light to our children

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race. Memory.” — Jedediah Leland, remembering Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane” My thesis, friends, is this: that the earlier our children come to the light — or in this case, the music … 0

The emperor’s new tune?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

“One simply can not judge Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’ after a first hearing. Pity I don’t intend hearing it a second time.” — Gioacchino Antonio Rossini Writing about the arts is a ticklish endeavor: you want to be fair and open minded and, at the same time, you don’t want … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: From Israel, a trio of contrasts

Thursday, April 11, 2013

“I wish to sing of my interior visions with the naïve candor of a child.” — Claude Debussy Brattleboro continues its rich legacy of top-notch choral and chamber music in the coming weeks; first up, an appearance by the Israeli ensemble the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, Friday, April 19, at … 0

Pioneer Valley Chorus

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Get out the popcorn — now that its orchestral brethren have had their fling, it’s time for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus to go to the movies, too. Well, come to think of it, better cancel the popcorn; the racket would obliterate more than a little of the … 0

When jazz & salsa fuse ... dance!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

“I want to explore all kinds of music, not get stuck in one groove. It’s just my nature.” — Eddie Palmieri,  Latin jazz musician Jazz is a moving target. While there will always be the niche categories that have defined jazz throughout various periods of its past, such … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: A minstrel celebrates our beautiful world

Thursday, March 21, 2013

“The world is a book, a continuing story Of wise men and fools, of failure and glory I shall write my lines as I live My life is what I have to give” — From “My Beautiful World,” a song by Mildred Kelly Fersh, mother of David Fersh … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: PVS’s ‘Cream of the Crop’

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” — John Ruskin It’s time for the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s “Cream of the Crop” concert, Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Greenfield High School Auditorium, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield. Well, they don’t actually put it quite that … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Guitar is ‘The Thing’

Thursday, March 7, 2013

“To me a guitar is kind of like a woman. You don’t know why you like ’em but you do.” — Waylon Jennings A 2003 Gallup poll says that there are 6 million guitar players in the U.S. alone, while another tally puts the number as high as … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: The gentlest master troubadour

Thursday, February 28, 2013

“Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.” — Andres Segovia,  classical guitar virtuoso There’s just enough time to read this and prepare to pilgrimage to Brattleboro, Vt., this evening to hear a … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Brothers in spirit

Thursday, February 21, 2013

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives, and when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” — Clarence, guardian angel to the suicidal George Bailey in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Influence is an amazing thing; where would any of … 0

A delightful madness

Thursday, February 14, 2013

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.  “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”  “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.  “You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”   … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Eventide concert Sunday

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Editor's Note: To our regret we got the date for this concert wrong on both the front of the print edition of Arts & Entertainment section and in the headline that appeared with Marcello's column. The correct day is Sunday, Feb. 10 “In the beginning was the Word, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls:

Thursday, January 31, 2013

“Organ playing is the manifestation of a will filled with the vision of eternity.” — Charles Marie Widor (organist, composer) Come then, prepared for such celestial visions, along with a welcome dose of the irreverent, as the Brick Church Music Series in Deerfield resumes its season Sunday, Feb. … 0